Experts gathered in Bangladesh to discuss how the poor must adapt to changing climatic conditions. They acknowledged that regions encountering the most extreme effects of climate change are among the poorest in the world, and that their inhabitants "bear the brunt" of the consequences of rich country practices.
The London-based International Institute for Environment and Development and the Dhaka-based Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies organized the conference to share experiences on local climate adaptation programs across the world.
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Bangladeshi climate change expert Atiq Rahman said if the sea rises by 30 centimeters (a foot), which some researchers say could happen over next few decades, up to 12 percent of the population living across the vast coast would be flooded out of their homes.